Somehow I missed the memo back in February that the Houston Zoo commissioned five fantastic artists to paint #GorillaArt murals in anticipation of the opening of the new Gorilla Habitat at the zoo in May 2015.While I am bummed that we missed the opportunity to see the painting done live, I am happy that we can still visit the work. I loaded up the kids and we went on a mural hunting expedition this afternoon.
According to Google Maps, it is a 25 minute route if you want to hit all 5. Now, Google doesn’t know that I have a terrible sense of direction. Nor does Google understand the need for potty breaks and the real struggle of getting kids in and out of the car if you want a photo opp. Even with a few missed turns and some doubling back, we managed to find them all. I would suggest giving yourself a solid hour to visit them all at once.
What I like about murals is that they are big enough to impress just about anyone and since these ones are all gorillas, the kids liked them even more. We also got the chance to talk about the various styles and debate our favorites.
They are also all located in places that are fairly easy to get to. For me that means easily getting one or all of the kids in and out to snap a quick photo.
This is the route I would recommend, but any order would do!
Mural Location: Jenni’s Noodle House; 602 East 20th St.
Artist: Michael C. Rodriguez